I think a lot of us forget that our skin is, in fact, an organ, it’s alive people, and it’s not just any organ but it is the largest organ of our bodies. Our skin contains lots of ‘mini-organs’ such as sweat glands, hair follicles, and a variety of cells that are responsible for waterproofing out skin to act as a barrier for incoming infections, some that are responsible for our sense of touch, pressure, heat, cold, vibrations, and who knows what else. Our skin is a complex system that defends and protects our bodies from damage, and rather shockingly it is thought to contain its very own endocannabinoid system, one which may produce even more endocannabinoids than our brains! Our skin works together with our nervous system, and any disruptions to our skin, much like our bodies, will result in conditions and diseases of our skin such as acne, psoriasis, allergic dermatitis, hair growth disorders, and even cancer. This is why what we put on to our bodies is just as important as what we put into them. Which brings me to the importance of the use of CBD (cannabidiol) topically and why popping my Peppermint CBD Face Mask on your beautiful faces will help to balance oil production, fight acne and the ageing process, oh… and even calm and tone the skin.
Why Is CBD so Good for the Skin?
I used to think that caring about how you looked was a negative thing, that caring so much about how you looked meant that you must be fickle or lacking the substance of character. I actually used to feel extreme guilt when wearing makeup like I was selling out or not appreciating who I really was as a person, that I must be vain to do so. I started to rebel and stop wearing makeup and then I reconnected again when I found green beauty. As I’ve gotten older, and as I’ve started to learn more about my health and non-toxic beauty, I’ve actually begun to appreciate that caring about how you look, so long as it isn’t purely about vanity, isn’t actually a bad thing.
CBD is actually a really rich source of antioxidants, even more so than vitamins C and E, so you can expect huge benefits such as firmer skin, defence against pollution, brightening the complexion, and prevention of those pesky unwanted wrinkles.
In Chinese medicine, the face is often used as a way of diagnosing overall health, that might sound a little doolally and primitive but it really isn’t. Your health will affect the quality of your skin, and illness in certain organs and vitamin deficiencies will display a certain way on your face and skin of your body. It’s why diet always comes first before products in my books, as well as exercising the muscles of your face with facial yoga and Gua Sha, but this is the one time I will say that the topical use of a product is equally as important as the internal consumption of unprocessed foods.
CBD Is Rich in Antioxidants
You’ve probably all heard about how antioxidants are great for the body, and that they help to fight free radicals. Free radicals, for those of you that don’t know, are unstable atoms that can damage to our cells (known as oxidation – think of when an apple goes brown) and have also been linked to causing a whole host of diseases as well as accelerating the ageing process of our skin. When applied topically, antioxidants can help to fight the ageing process and it’s why you often see things like vitamin C and resveratrol in your beloved skin care products, and it’s also why we squeeze lemon juice over our apples to stop them from browning. CBD is actually a really rich source of antioxidants, even more so than vitamins C and E, so you can expect huge benefits such as firmer skin, defence against pollution, brightening the complexion, and prevention of those pesky unwanted wrinkles.
It’s Rich in Vitamins and Minerals
That’s right, a full-spectrum CBD oil (more on what that means below) is packed with vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C, and E as well as beta-carotene, iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, selenium, phosphorous, manganese, magnesium, flavonoids, and terpenes. Aaaaand breathe! Yup, that’s a lot of stuff in there and it’s now also way more obvious as to why the antioxidant content is super high. Vitamin B3 and C work to boost collagen production and reduce dark spots associated with ageing and sun damage. Terpenes, the thingamabobs that give plants (and marijuana) their distinctive scent also happen to help to rejuvenate, heal, and protect our skin.
It’s Also Rich in Fatty and Amino Acids
CBD also contains plenty of essential fatty acids (EFAs) such as omega-3’s, 6’s and 9’s. Most people in the western world consume way too many omega-6s compared to omega-3s. Hemp oil has a perfect 3:1 ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 fatty acids which help to regulate inflammation in the body and lower ‘bad’ cholesterol. In fact, there is no other vegetable derived oil on the planet that contains as many EFAs as CBD oil, whose fatty acid profile is actually thought to be even better than that of fish oil! EFAs make our skin supple and soft and they fight the ageing process by boosting collagen production. The fats found in CBD are also similar to those that our skin produces naturally, meaning that it won’t block your pores as other oils can. EFAs also act as a natural waterproofer for your skin and even regulate oil production which is key whatever your skin type. But CBD doesn’t stop there – its amino acids help to maintain your skin’s hydration, texture, elasticity, and an overall healthy appearance. Go CBD!
It’s an Anti-Inflammatory and Analgesic
But what does this mean for skincare? Well, if you’re prone to acne or other skin disorders you’ll find that inflammation is the root of all of your problems. CBD also helps suppress any future breakouts by regulating oil production of the sebaceous glands and any existing acne you have will become less inflamed and less sore. Again any dry or itchy skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis will also be relieved thanks to the anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and analgesic (painkilling) properties. These reasons are also why CBD balms and muscle rubs are readily used, especially in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu sports scene. It’s an athlete’s best friend.
Why Full Spectrum Is a Must
Just a final note before I bring you my wonderful DIY face mask recipe – make sure you’re using organic and make sure you’re using a full spectrum CBD oil. What does that mean? Well, there are currently two kinds of CBD products available to purchase – isolate and full spectrum. CBD isolate it CBD with nothing, just 99% crystalised CBD whereas a full spectrum CBD oil is CBD plus a whole host of other cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes. Keeping this compounds working together (known as the entourage effect) is important as you’ll gain the potential healing benefits from all of these compounds. If you opt for a CBD isolate you can kiss goodbye to these special cannabinoids and compounds, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and amino and fatty acids. Still a bit lost? Think of CBD isolate as junk food and full-spectrum CBD as whole food.
Again purchasing organic is also important because you don’t want to be exposed to harmful chemicals and pesticides that are well-known endocrine/hormone disruptors. That’s why I only use the Truth Naturals CBD range and it’s also the only reason why I’m an affiliate. In the UK there are very few organic full spectrum CBD brands available and I only ever promote products that I use myself and am 100% confident in. If you’d like to give their products a whirl be sure to grab £10 off the full Truth Naturals organic CBD range with the code GEORGINA10.
Peppermint CBD Face Mask Recipe for Oily/Acne Prone Skin
I say that this mask is for oily and acne prone skin, which it is, but pretty much any skin type will benefit from this. I have combination skin that can be sensitive in certain areas and this mask hasn’t caused any discomfort for me at all. I decided to use a peppermint tincture oil to counteract the sleepy/relaxing effects that CBD can have but also because it’s brilliant for promoting blood flow to the face and regulating oil production meaning bye bye blocked pores and hello healthy, glowing skin!
Whip up this antioxidant-rich Peppermint CBD Face Mask for oily/acne prone skin, sit back, and relax!
I used raw honey in the mask as it’s well known for its antibacterial, antifungal, and humectant (moisture retaining) properties – you can use agave if you’re vegan as it possesses similar properties. I also added matcha for a super antioxidant boost, kaolin clay to help draw out dirt from the pores gently, and rose water for its anti-inflammatory and soothing effects. If peppermint really isn’t your thing then just opt for the natural, unflavoured tincture and add a drop of your favourite essential oil if you wish. The rose water and matcha alone make this mask smell amazing so you don’t really need to worry about adding extra scents. If you know you’re too sensitive for even white kaolin clay then omit it altogether and add only 1/4-1/2 tsp of rose water if the mixture isn’t loose enough.
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- Mix together all of your ingredients except for the rose water into a small wooden or ceramic bowl. Do not use metal bowls or utensils as kaolin will absorb the metal into the mask! Stir gently then slowly trickle in your rose water stirring continuously until you achieve a smooth paste.
- Spread the mask over your face evenly, avoiding the eye area, and leave on for 10-15 minutes before washing off with warm water and a muslin cloth then rinse with ice cold water to close your pores. Pat dry then apply your toner, serum, and moisturiser as usual!
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